It is the time of year when most of us begin to plan our summer vacations, an exciting time with a great deal of possibilities. The hardest thing for most people is whittling down their options to decide on one particular destination but for those with a family that decision becomes a great deal more complex. For me this will be the second year when we have taken our two toddlers away and what is great is that this will likely be one of the first vacations that they will be able to remember.
When it comes to searching for a family-friendly destination, there are lots of aspects to consider, and here is how we approach finding the best for us.
Understanding Your Needs
The first step is to think about what type of vacation it is that you are looking for, and what kind of amenities and activities you would like to do during your time away. We generally start off by writing down what we are looking for, this could be a sunny destination, somewhere with a beach, a fun-filled destination with lots to do, or perhaps a domestic vacation somewhere relaxing. Once you understand what kind of vacation you want, you can start cutting down your choices.
Working Out Your Budget
Regardless of how many deals you can pick up for the kids to go at discounted prices, it is fair to say that family vacations do not come cheap. With this in mind it is always better to work out your budget first, and then find a destination which fits in with it. It may be that you would love to take a family trip to Universal Studios in Florida, but paying for a family to go is a high cost, so perhaps somewhere in Europe may be better. Don’t put yourself under too much pressure to spend big, family vacations are about being together as much as they are exploring new places.
Once you understand what kind of vacation you want, and how much you have to spend, you can easily start putting together a small list of destinations which suit. Start searching for family-friendly destinations and you will easily find a number of websites with lists of places to go, from these lists you can work out which one would be best for your family, and which falls within your requirements.
Speaking to the Kids
If your kids are old enough to talk, then I say that they are old enough to have an input into where you go for your vacation. Something which I have done with my two this year was to give them a vote, and offering them three different options for where we will go. I was happy with any of the three so it came down to my wife and kids to vote on where they will go. I think that in doing this you can help the kids get excited about their vacation, as well as making them feel a part of the decision making process.